A bipartisan group of senators and representatives has reintroduced legislation to protect patients in states where medical marijuana has been legalized.

The bill introduced Thursday is known as the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act.

It would not legalize medical marijuana federally, but would amend federal law to officially allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies.

Under the bill, Veterans Affairs physicians would be able to recommend medical marijuana to their veteran patients, which they are currently barred from doing. The bill would prevent federal law enforcement from prosecuting patients, doctors and caregivers in states that choose to legalize medical marijuana.

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Polly Washburn ~ TheCannabist.co

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